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Only the best for Flemington

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Astute property buyers now have the opportunity to secure their apartment within one of Melbourne's most anticipated developments, following leading developer Caydon Property's launch of ONLY Flemington today. Located four kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, ONLY Flemington will meld heightened inner city living with a position perched above the famed Flemington Racecourse. Register now According to DKO Architecture who conceived both the tower and...

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Banco Group announce release of Smith&Co's final apartments

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Following the successful launch of Smith&Co. on Urban Melbourne during mid August, Banco Group are today announcing the final release of their exclusive top floor apartments. In a matter of months Smith&Co.'s apartments have almost sold out with Jake Eisen, Banco Group's lead sales agent for Smith&Co. stating "We are excited to announce the limited release of large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. This top floor release by Smith &...

Smith&Co. - understanding the past in creating the future

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In designing Smith&Co. the site and Collingwood at large were taken into consideration, in order to accurately deliver a development which seamlessly blends with and complements its surrounds. “Researching and understanding the history of the site laid the foundation for Smith&Co.’s architecture and building fabric,” says Chris Manton of JAM Architects. “The heights, scale and composition along Smith&Co.’s Smith Street facade is...

Urban Development & Design

Green Chemical Futures another Lyons marvel

Another nod to the unique talents of Lyons Architecture opened its doors during the early stages of 2015. Monash University's Clayton campus is home to Green Chemical Futures, a multi-level complex dedicated toward academic and industrial research within the chemicals sector. A culmination of a Federal Government initiative that began during 2000, Green Chemical Futures is the latest Lyons-designed building to challenge conventional design. With...

Planning Application: 280 Queen Street, Melbourne

A design can now be put to the news reported upon during late 2014 concerning Brady Group's latest intended Melbourne project. 280 Queen Street has been in and out of planning for the best part of four years, but with the news that Brady Group is the intended developer of the mid-CBD site, the chances of the current scheme progressing beyond approval have increased dramatically. Weighing in at over 250 metres in height and located in an elevated...
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Puttin' on the Ritz at West Side Place

A number of media outlets have reported in recent days that hotel operator Ritz-Carlton has signed on for Far East Consortium 's West Side Place development on the former Age site on Spencer Street. The 250 room hotel will be located on the top 15 floors of the Cottee Parker-designed 79-storey tower opposite Far East's current multi-tower project Upper West Side. The Ritz-Carlton will boast hotel facilities and amenities such as a bar, high-end...

Big on Chapel: 402-416 Chapel Street planning application

Foreshadowed in an article earlier this year highlighting the exploits of Plus Architecture, one of the firm's most recent schemes has landed with City of Stonnington during early March and is now on public display. Currently a nondescript dual level commercial complex somewhat out of place as opposed to its nineteenth and early twentieth century neighbours, 402-416 Chapel Street is designed to be a 12 level mixed-use development holding prime...

Urban Industry

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Harwyn's designer pods for creation and recreation

Urban Melbourne recently had a chat with Harwyn Managing Director Jason Fremder about their prefabricated studio pods and the company's ambitions and aspirations for the future. Laurence Dragomir: What were some of the driving factors in the development of the Harwyn pods? What made you decide there was a niche or gap in the market? Jason Fremder: I came to the conclusion that there was a need for a compact professional space combined with...

Hickory expands its Brooklyn manufacturing site

The Hickory Group announced plans to expand its Brooklyn manufacturing site to ramp up production of its popular modular Sync Bathroom Pods by 200%. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Employment Jacinta Allan and Footscray MLA Marsha Thomson were on hand for the announcement which is set to create a further 100 jobs. Financial support and facilitation for the expansion of Hickory Group's operations in Brooklyn was provided through...

Buyer sentiment: What the market is telling us

2015 has kicked off with an abundance of off the plan apartment enquiry on Apartment Register , across Melbourne’s inner city suburbs. Following our article on overseas buyer demand drivers , we thought it best to comment on the local market enquiry year to date. Apartment Register’s 400 enquiry sample has been 90% local owner-occupier, comprised of first home buyer (FHB) and first time off the plan buyers; the remaining 10% is local and...

My Real Estate Mate: Overseas buyers and the allure of Australia

“Fresh air and fresh produce” was the response from the managing director of a major Mainland Chinese company who enquired on Apartment Register this week when I asked him “what was the main driving motivational factor to apply for and gain residency in Australia over Canada or USA?”. Can it be that simple? Yes, it can. Overseas purchasers of property in Australia is not a recent phenomenon. We are the country of choice for many, the origination...

Visual Melbourne

White Night 2015

Over the weekend Melbourne’s biggest celebration of art, music and architecture delighted a massive half a million people. White Night Melbourne, a one-night-only sensory spectacular, saw a diverse crowd of people flood into the central business district for the serious business of soaking up all the cultural events on offer. With over 70 events spaced over a large area it was impossible to meaningfully visit every site within the 12 hour...

Hosier Lane in the shadows of 2015

Urban Melbourne has highlighted Hosier Lane more than enough times and fairly so, with the tourist attraction never short on something new to gaze upon. Along with a new retail/cafe space as part of the 167 Flinders Lane redevelopment, new artworks continue to appear in the area. Enjoy the pictures.

Exploring Melbourne's retail and laneway spine

Melbourne's retail core has seen a notable resurgence of late, with the significant redevelopments of Myer, David Jones, The Emporium, The Strand and GPO. The currently under construction St. Collins Lane project will see additional shoppers returning to the CBD area in a big way. While the big brands provide incentive enough for shoppers to swarm the CBD, shoppers and people are also drawn in by the experience gained by visiting Melbourne's...

What's new in Fitzroy

It's been quite a few months since we delivered an article highlighting a suburb's street art, let alone the powerhouse that is Fitzroy which was closer to the turn of the year. In the proceeding months many a new mural has been delivered along Brunswick Street and surrounding streets, laneways and cul-de-sacs, reaffirming Fitzroy as the location for mural street art in Melbourne. Aside from highlighting the best work these artists with their...

Urban Affairs

Is it time to reconfigure the Moonee Ponds transport interchange?

Moonee Ponds is an activity centre that for the most part flies under the radar, in terms of redevelopment currently happening and what can happen in future. The biggest landholder in the region is the Moonee Valley Racing Club and yesterday The Age reported on how the Planning Minister Richard Wynne has gazetted an updated development plan for the home of the Cox Plate. In terms of access Moonee Ponds has quite the repertoire of public...

Landmark poll of apartment dwellers' views revealed

In what is billed as a first, Urban Taskforce Australia has released the results of a poll it commissioned specifically targeting the views of apartment dwellers in the city it calls home, Sydney. The timing of the poll could not be more pertinent with New South Wales heading to the polls at the end of March and perhaps more importantly with a "Battlelines" Prime Minister in the Lodge, the message from the poll is that people who choose urban...

Mo'Money Mo'Money - Where is the money coming from?

Do you have a 10% cash deposit? 90% have, 10% have not. Apartment Register has received and qualified 238 first home buyer (FHB) enquiries to date in 2015, so where or who pays for the deposit and what is the length of time taken to save for the deposit? First home buyers understand time is of essence to enter the market and it is a good time to do so. Interest rates are low, apartment supply is reasonable, product choice and quality continues...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 15:26
Thanks to social media and maintaining an healthy interest in what's happening up in the Great White North, the following youtube video has been flashing across my twitter feeds and facebook timelines a lot. It's a 20 minute segment titled "Do our cities still work?" and produced by the ABC-equivalent...

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